In his weekend sports wrap, Vince Habermann reports on hockey grand finals, the AFL local derby, junior rugby league and football.
Nathan McGill received the Harry Hartfield Shield for Bundaberg Hockey Association (BHA) Player of the Men’s Grand Final as All Blacks claimed the title for the fourth year in a row in their 50-year history with an upset 4-3 victory over the previously unbeaten Waves Cities at Hinkler Park on Saturday.
Waves Cities however took out the women’s crown with a 3-0 triumph over Raiders/Rovers in an equally exciting end-to-end duel, but the result hung in the balance until the final few minutes when the Blues sealed the result with back-to-back goals including a second to Sarah Pohlmann.
Young gun Isaac Wales, 15, scored what proved the winning goal for All Blacks’ men early in the last quarter, playing alongside his grandfather and BHA president Des Barritt, who again did an outstanding job in goal, repelling many shots from the lethal Cities’ attack.
Raiders/Rovers’ Morgan Fogarty received some consolation for their women’s loss when she picked up the Irene Steffensen Memorial Shield for Women’s Player of the Grand Final.
All Blacks and Waves Cities each clinched two titles, with the former also triumphing in Under-13 and the latter scoring a hard-fought victory in under-16, while Arrows/Athletics completed a perfect season in under-11 with their win.
AFL Wide Bay
In AFL Wide Bay Seniors, Across The Waves Eagles secured the minor premiership and direct passage to the grand final with a last-round 14.8 (92) to 4.6 (30) win at the expense of hosts Brothers Bulldogs who were brave in defeat, while reigning champions Bay Power were humbled by Hervey Bay Bombers 9.5 (59) to 1.5 (11).
In the Football Wide Bay Premier League, Bingera bounced back from their first loss of the season a week earlier to outgun Brothers-Aston Villa (BAV) 3-0 with a double to Shane Youngberry, while Tayla Zielke bagged all five goals as Across The Waves (ATW) downed ATW Saints 5-3 in the Ladies League.
In the Bundaberg Junior Rugby League, dynamic hooker Joel Baldwin notched a double as Wests Panthers secured the under-18 minor premiership with two rounds remaining, outmuscling Wallaroos 34-4 in their top-of-the-table showdown, while Hervey Bay Seagulls wrapped up third place with a 38-6 demolition of the battling Waves Tigers.
Wide Bay AFL scoreboard
Hervey Bay 1.1, 5.2, 7.3, 9.5 (59) defeated Bay Power 0.1, 1.1, 1.4, 1.5 (11).
Hervey Bay – Goal Kickers: G. Hayles 2, L. O'Toole 2, T. Baldwin, M. Lewis, D. Sela, J. Tietz, T. Kettle. Best Players: J. Nagy, M. Lewis, L. O'Toole, D. Sela, B. Ottery, J. Hickey.
Bay Power – Goal Kickers: C. Horne. Best Players: D. McGreevy, J. Devene, M. Saunders, D. Bunyan, L. Vetemotu, K. Clark.
Across The Waves 5.3, 6.3, 9.4, 14.8 (92) defeated Brothers Bulldogs 1.1, 3.4, 4.5, 4.6 (30).
Across The Waves – Goal Kickers: J. Enever 3, N. Van Eekeren 3, T. Dart 2, M. Wright 2, E. Hawkins, R. Paterson, K. Wagstaff, P. Power. Best Players: N. Van Eekeren, P. Power, C. Woodrow, R. Paterson, M. Sommer Liverton, J. Enever.
Brothers Bulldogs – Goal Kickers: C. Crowther, A. Rendell, B. Krebs, A. Franklin. Best Players: A. Franklin, T. Taylor, A. Rendell, C. Crowther, J. Baulch, Z. Trigg.
Across The Waves 3.1, 4.1, 6.2, 6.2 (38) defeated Hervey Bay 0.1, 1.1, 2.3, 4.4 (28).
Across The Waves – Goal Kickers: K. Perry 6. Best Players: T. Jater, M. Worthington, J. Hayhoe, T. Seeds, K. Perry, J. Walker.
Hervey Bay – Goal Kickers: K. Hare 2, J. Cooper, J. Johnstone.
Maryborough 2.2, 3.3, 6.4, 7.7 (49) defeated Brothers Bulldogs 4.2, 6.3, 7.4, 7.5 (47).
Maryborough – Goal Kickers: Z. Brunton 4, J. Donaldson 2, A. Sheehan. Best Players: T. Lewis, M. Epstein, J. Gouge, C. Brownrigg, S. Jeal, Z. Willis.
Brothers Bulldogs – Goal Kickers: H. Hodgson 3, R. McKeown 2, A. Garland, D. Wagner. Best Players: H. Hodgson, G. Webb, A. Garland, R. McKeown, Z. Mercieca, D. Wagner.
Across The Waves 8.8 (56) defeated Brothers Bulldogs 4.2 (26).
Bay Power 4.2 (26) defeated Hervey Bay Bombers 3.0 (18).
Hervey Bay Bombers Red 4.9 (33) defeated Across The Waves 1.2 (8).
Hervey Bay Bombers Black 2.6 (18) defeated Brothers Bulldogs 1.2 (8).
Wide Bay Premier League
Sunbury 4 defeated Granville 2.
Bingera 3 (S Youngberry 2, G O’Donnell) defeated BAV 0.
ATW 8 (B Hibberd 6, L Vincent, C Leggett) defeated Diggers 1 (T Price).
KSS Jets 6 defeated Bargara 0.
Wide Bay League 2
Sunbury 4 defeated Granville 1.
Bingera 1 (D Gordon) drew Tinana 1 (C Parry).
KSS Jets 7 defeated Bargara 0.
UPE 6 (T Terlier 3, P Pagliano 2, J Pym) defeated Doona Villa 3 (J Shiletto, J Barsby, M Fulton).
UPE White 1 (E Mankofski) drew UPE Black 1 (S Stewart-Cook).
BAV 6 (J Sommer 4, M Williams, T Martin) defeated Diggers 1 (M Bluff).
ATW 7 (A Russo 2, G Canale 2, D Murphy, B O’Donnell, A Reed) defeated SC Corinthians 3 (D Appo, B Brown).
Bingera Cutters 4 (H Sparozvich 2, S Nute, J Kelly) defeated SC Corinthians Lionesses 0.
ATW 5 (T Zielke 5) defeated ATW Saints 3 (K Sobczak, N Lowe, Z Sobczak).
Diggers 3 (C Hansen, C Wells, H Walk) defeated Bargara 2 (I Killen, M Condon).
ATW United 11 (N Kerslake 3, B Hunter 2, L Brown 2, B Schubel 3, F Murphy) defeated SC Corinthians Gladiators 1 (O Biya).
ATW Rangers 4 (H Hunter 3, G Oei) defeated UPE Black 1 (R Markey).
UPE White 1 (A Pedersen) defeated UPE Purple 0.
ATW Hot Spurs 13 (Z Cory 3, A Anderson 2, T Giovannoni 2, J Lamont 2, N Briggs 3, C Simpson) defeated Diggers 2 (C Kruger 2).
ATW Saints 12 (N Birchley 4, R Korner 4, B Schubel, R Hack, C Pressler, A Palmer) defeated Bargara 3 (O Pulvirenti, W Potimon, B Davies).
UPE White 3 (L Loudon, N Voss, Sean Millett) defeated ATW Saints 1 (T Giovannoni).
UPE Black 11 (H Nugyen 4, C Palmer 2, M Joyce 2, D Machekera, R Machekera, M Cooper) defeated Diggers 1 (P Parker).
SC Corinthians 3 (S Quinn, M Ritchings, K Irwin) defeated BAV 1 (L Price).
Bingera 5 (E McKeown 2, T Jordan-Richards, K Gregory, C Rudd) defeated Gin Gin 0.
Grand final results
Arrows Athletics 4 (Bridie Stehbens 2, Freya Cook 1, Tully Dorgan 1) defeated Waves Cities 0. Player of the Final – Bridie Stehbens
All Blacks 8 (Kalen Wilke 3, Timothy Wales 1, Chloe McDonald 1, Steven Lane 1, Zara McDonald 1, Mathilda Rasmussen 1) defeated Waves Cities 4 (Sophie Castelli 2, Gabrielle Aitkenhead 1, Ryan Consen 1). Player of the Final – Kalen Wilke.
Waves Cities 2 (Oliver Baldwin 1, Sam Aitkenhead 1) defeated Arrows Athletics 0. Player of the Final – Sarah Ryan.
Waves Cities 3 (Sarah Pohlmann 2, Anna Smith 1) defeated Raiders Rovers 0. Player of the Final – Morgan Fogarty.
All Blacks 4 (Nathan McGill 1, William Barritt 1, Tristan Turner 1, Isaac Wales 1) defeated Waves Cities 3 (Lachlan McLennan 1, Riley Stevens 1, Callam Turner 1). Player of the Final – Nathan McGill.
Rugby League Bundaberg
Hervey Bay Seagulls 38 (Dylan Crockford 2, Dylan Bennett, William Thorogood, Lachlan Armstrong, Brock Shepherd tries; 5 goals) defeated Waves Tigers 6 (Folau Haveli try, Joel Cox goal).
Wests Panthers 34 (Joel Baldwin 2, Sam Woodman, Jensen Deamer, Brad Clarke, Kynan Hard, Brennan Gynn tries; Marcus Tanner 2, Joel Baldwin goals) defeated Wallaroos 4 (Tyson Allen try).
Hervey Bay Seagulls 28 (Noah Cain, Jack Roderick tries) defeated Brothers 12 (Brayden Sander, Lane Crossley-Price tries; 2 goals).
BUNDABERG GRIZZLIES defeated WALLAROOS on forfeit.
Hervey Bay Seagulls 44 (Harry Armstrong 3, Tyson Connon, Kyal Pitchford tries; Eden Wheeler 4, Dane Blanke 2 goals) defeated Brothers 4 (Jordyn Farrell try).
Wests Panthers 42 (Ryan Bugeja 3, Cody Brassington, Lincoln Dwyer, Lewis Palella, Shoeb Abdul, Dominic Bunyoung tries; Ryan Bugeja 4, Lewis Palella goals) defeated Easts Magpies 0.
Brothers 20 (Travis Larner 2, Blake Powter, Dane Zardus tries; 2 goals) defeated Hervey Bay Seagulls 4 (Noah Douglas-Denduck try).
Waves Tigers 24 (Coen Philips, Tom Morcom, Jarrod Warren, Sebastyn Brennan tries; Sebastyn Brennan 4 goals) defeated Wests Panthers 8 (Lucas Brough, Cooper Black tries).
Hervey Bay Seagulls 50 (Tatem Henke 3, Bryan Muhamad 2, Cooper Fitzgerald, Tanner Worthington, Braidan Houliston tries; Michael Parsgaard goal) defeated Wallaroos 0.
Brothers 40 (Levi Monckton 4, Toby Collins 2, Jomar Gustilo tries; Jomar Gustilo 6 goals) defeated Easts Magpies 10 (Joshua Garland, Charlie Keech-Reeves tries; Joshua Garland goal).
Waves Tigers 34 (Preston Walsh 3, Jimmy Gear 2, Brody Allan tries; Jimmy Gear 3, Preston Walsh, Brody Allan goals) defeated Wests Panthers 10 (Johnathon Coyne 2 tries; Darnell Saunders goal).
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